Firm Profile > Castro Leiva Rendón Abogados > Bogota, Colombia

Castro Leiva Rendón Abogados
CARRERA 7 NO. 77-07, OF. 501

Projects Tier 2

Boutique firm Castro Leiva Rendón Abogados offers ‘proactive’ integral advice throughout the entire project lifecycle, including all financing aspects, as well as handling contentious matters and contractual disputes. Recommended founding partners Marcela Castro and José Ignacio Leiva lead the seven-strong practice group, which is currently acting as legal adviser to over 30% of the road concessionaires in Colombia, including the Costa Cartagena-Barranquilla, Alto Magdalena, Pacifico 3, Autopistas de Urabá and Mar 2 concessions. In other matters, the team is advising ODINSA on the sale of its participation in the Santa Marta Paraguachón road concession to Ashmore Andean Fund, and assisting Grupo Sacyr–Valoriza with the financing process of its Área Limpia concession. Other clients include Shikun & Binui, Mota-Engil, Grupo Grodco and Fondo de Capital Privado Inverlink Estructuras.

Arbitration Tier 3

Infrastructure boutique Castro Leiva Rendón Abogados primarily handles domestic arbitration proceedings and alternative conflict resolution mechanisms for clients in the construction sector. The practice is currently representing Concesión Autopistas del Nordeste and Concesión Perimetral de Oriente in two alternative dispute resolution proceedings and negotiations with the National Infrastructure Agency (ANI). José Ignacio Leiva heads the six-strong practice. Other clients include Cal y Mayor Asociados, Grupo Metro Bus, Concesion Alto Magdalena and Concesión Pacífico Tres.


Castro Leiva Rendon was founded in 2011 by a group of highly trained and experienced lawyers. The firm has a top-tier infrastructure and project structuring practice. The firm is formed of lawyers with broad mediation experience, providing essential legal advice to its clients on day-to-day matters. Castro Leiva Rendon Abogados is also recognized for its work within corporate, and energy law, including privatizations, mergers, spin-offs, acquisitions and incorporation of companies.

Due to the successful results in structuring and executing infrastructure projects – especially roads and highways – in the last years, the firm’s clients (sponsors and concessionaries) have chosen CLR to handle the financing process too. This means the firm has accompanied its clients during the whole process, from the beginning to the end of the project.

Main areas of practice

Privatization, concessions and structuring of infrastructure projects: with the large number of new infrastructure projects initiated in Colombia by the government using public-private associations, the firm continues to position itself as one of the preferred legal advisors for both local and foreign constructors and developers. The firm has a well-deserved reputation due to its expertise in the legal structuring of infrastructure projects, privatization and structuring of private bids for concession processes. Among the infrastructure activities that the firm has participated in are those related to construction of infrastructure, transportation law, operation of transport systems, incorporation and operation of ports and airports, development of electrical power projects, and those relating to public utilities. In addition, CLR has given continuous advice throughout the execution of concession agreements and public works, and in the structuring of public-private partnerships. The firm has recently experienced significant growth in project finance.

Corporate: the firm has a highly qualified team with broad experience in corporate incorporation and transformations, foreign investment, operational and commercial contracts, as well as assisting foreign companies establishing operations in Colombia.

M&A: the firm has vast experience advising both parts of the transactions on all aspects of mergers, spin-offs, acquisitions, and the integration and restructuring of companies from the private sector.

Energy: the firm has a well-established practice in the field of energy that goes from generation to commercialization, including specialized tailor-made co-generation plant projects, and contracting.

Taxes and foreign trade: the firm provides fundamental assistance regarding tax issues, from the design of and advice on commercial transactions, preparation of tax planning models, and consultancy for the solution of tax problems at a national and international level, to litigation before the country’s tax authorities and the contentious administrative courts.

IP/entertainment: for several years, the firm has advised foreign and local companies involved in different areas of the entertainment industry.

Dispute resolution: the firm provides its clients with a close and professional service, and the key partner of the arbitration department addresses all matters directly.

Department Name Email Telephone
Infrastructure and project structuring Marcela Castro E:
Infrastructure and project structuring José Ignacio Leiva E:
M&A José Ignacio Leiva E:
M&A Marcela Castro E:
Corporate Juan Mario Rendón E:
Privatization Marcela Castro E:
Privatization José Ignacio Leiva E:
Energy Juan Mario Rendón E:
Project finance José Ignacio Leiva E:
Banking and finance Marcela Castro E:
IP/entertainment Juan Mario Rendón E:
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Marcela Castro  photo Mrs Marcela Castro
Mr José Ignacio Leiva  photo Mr José Ignacio Leiva
Other fee-earners : 20
Total staff : 35
Partners : 3